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Meet Ashley Heyworth our latest team member

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about 1 month ago

by Toni Kemble

​We recently welcomed Ashley to Team Sarah West as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant and after a few weeks we thought it was time to check in and find out what attracted him to join the team, what he’s most looking forward to and what he gets up to in his spare time. 

What attracted you to Sarah West Recruitment? 

I’d previously worked with Sarah West Recruitment both as a candidate, shortly after I moved to Devon and then to help me recruit into my own teams in various roles. It was always a great experience, and it was clear why they have the reputation they do. 

I’d been looking for a new role and had written down what it was I wanted, recruitment was in my mind as it felt like it could be a good fit. Having worked with Sarah West I’d been keeping a regular eye out for job opportunities with them so when this one came up I knew it was meant to be! 

What does your role as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant involve? 

The role is really varied. From a client side you’ve got to understand their requirements covering what they are looking for, where the business is going and growth plans. It’s not just about understanding the role, you’ve got to understand the business aim too. 

From a candidate side a lot of time is spent searching for candidates that match those client requirements but, also match what each candidate is looking for so you know you’re helping them find and move to their dream job. 

What do you think makes a good recruitment consultant?

Organisation, positive thinking, hard work and persistence. 

The world of recruitment isn’t always going to be positive so understanding that is key, you have to plan for the future and be ready to spin lots of plates at once. Being able to prioritise and switch between roles and candidates so you don’t miss a potential perfect match is really important. 

What’s your background?

I worked in sales and alongside marketing teams for several years before joining Sarah West. My sales experience spans from team management, recruitment, training, coaching right through to being hands on in terms of direct selling and account management. 

I’ve been fortunate enough to work in a wide range of sectors including tech, environmental services, events and entertainment and energy. 

What are you looking forward to most?

Being new to recruitment I’m really looking forward to establishing relationships and building my own client base whilst growing my own reputation. 

It’s a real privilege to help someone find their new dream job so I’m excited to be in a role where I can be a part of making that happen.

What do you get up to outside of work?

In my spare time I play football, run and go to the gym. I also enjoy watching my son play football and exploring Devon as a family (which includes our Frenchie Rex).

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